FTA Section 5310

FTA Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The Section 5310 Program provides funding to help improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the available transportation mobility options.  

Eligible Activities/Projects

The program provides grant funds for capital and operating expenses to eligible sub-recipients for:

  • Public transportation projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable;
  • Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the ADA;
  • Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit; and
  • Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation

For a more detailed list of eligible activities, see Section 5310 Program Management Plan.

Note: Under Section 5310, Eligible Activities are broken down by the FTA into two categories: Traditional Section 5310 Projects and Other Section 5310 Projects. Traditional Section 5310 Projects for the PPUATS UZA are programmed by the state through IDOT’s CVP program. TCRPC only programs Other Section 5310 Projects, activities that were eligible under the New Freedom program (Section 5317) which was rolled into Section 5310 under MAP-21.

Eligible Applicants

The FTA lists the following entities as eligible sub-recipients of Section 5310 funds:  

  • State, or local governmental authorities
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Operators of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient